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  1. #1
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    Unanswered: ControlTip Restrictions

    Hi Guys,

    Please could you please advise me on the following:

    Within my forms i've created numerous text boxes which have been filled with quite a substantial amount of text.
    Is it possible to set up a function where the user is able to scroll his/her mouse over the text field and the text is available for them to read rather than them having to click on the arrows to read one line at a time...

    I've tried using the ControlTip function but there are restrictions to how much text you can put into this function. I need to be able to copy the entire contents of the Text Box into the ControlTip... The average text box contains approx 30-40 words

    Cheers

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    Sounds like another job for custom dialogs!

    I would suggest creating a small form with no borders and styling it to resemble a tooltip, then hook in to the text box's event to show/hide this "dialog" form at will, in the right place.

    It's actually REALLY similar to displaying notifications in a web context, if you're familiar with doing that.
    oh yeah... documentation... I have heard of that.

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    or consider old style status box on the foot of the dialog
    I'd rather be riding on the Tiger 800 or the Norton

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    a lazy way is to use the inbuilt Shift-F2 zoom thingie.

    you could try persuading users to manually Shift-F2 or you can fake it with send-keys in mouseover or rightclick or doubleclick etc:
    'if you are not using a click to setfocus
    Me.someTextBox.SetFocus
    'zoom box with focus
    SendKeys "+{F2}"

    izy
    currently using SS 2008R2

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all the comments - can you please advise what you mean by the following:

    Old style box status - how do I apply this to my current text box
    Creating a small form with no borders or styling - baring in mind I have over 100 hundred records with numerous text boxes in each record... Would I have create seperate text boxes within the new form and apply them to each
    event?

    Cheers
    Cheers

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    Old Style Box Status.
    At the bottom in the left hand corner of the database window is the Status Bar. This Status Bar will display the Description of the field for a bound field on a form. View your table in the Design view and in the Description column for your fields enter some tips etc. The details entered will be displayed on the status bar. Make sure your Status Bar is ticked in your Database Options that can be found in the Tools --> Options menu.

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    Thanks for the reply Poppa Smurf....

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    Hi Guys,

    I've had a play around with this - seems that most users are happy with the 'Shift' & 'F2' feature...

    Cheers again for all your support :-)

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    Ikkk. The inbuilt zoom box sux imo. Custom dialogs ftw.
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